Value Your Privacy?

It is a straightforward question, do you value your privacy? People in Britain are beginning to wake up to the fact that all is not as it seems. Successive governments have been chipping away at the rights and freedoms of the people of Britain and within a couple of weeks of the most recent (non)government in May 2015, the (non)Prime Minister has made it clear that he intends to strip away remaining vestiges of privacy in the name of counter-terrorism.

Now on the cards is the criminalisation of criticising the government and of public protest! Are we going to just keep accepting these thefts of inalienable rights? In the previous (non)government Cameron sought to make it illegal to have encryption, again in the name of counter terrorism. It was criticised as unworkable. Rest assured he will find a way if we do not stop him.

Here is a little-known fact for you to cogitate upon: Brian Gerrish of UKColumn fame discovered that in the trial bundle for the Elish Angiolini court case, was a complete and private email between himself and a sole third party.

Rewind: A private email between Brian Gerrish and another individual was found in the trial bundle for the Elish Angiolini court case.

Still think you are safe from interception? Thought not. There is a remedy for those out there (particularly activists) who value their privacy as much as we do. It is a little-known program named Peerio.peerioscreencap-100563094-large The brainchild of Nadim Kobeissi who has made inroads into other types encrypted applications is a point-to-point encrypted pseudo instant message and file storage system. The keys remain with the users and are never stored on the server so should the server be compromised either electronically or physically, the data and messages will remain unrecoverable. At the time of writing it is available as a Chrome App, and  stand-alone PC and Mac application. IOS and Android apps are just around the corner.

Peerio never gets your keys, so they can’t decrypt your files even if they want to. Similarly, when you share a file, you have to share it with another Peerio user (which may make things tricky, but sign-ups are free), and you essentially give that user permission to decrypt your file with their key as well—which again, Peerio doesn’t have access to. All of your files are encrypted before they leave your computer, and they’re encrypted in transit before they sit, encrypted, on Peerio’s servers.

Peerio is more of a secure messaging and file sharing service than a cloud storage solution—you only get about 1.3GB of space for signing up. Messages sent back and forth between users work like IMs, and you can see where your files go after you’ve sent them. You can see when they’ve been opened, and at any time you can “destroy” them, so any user who has them in their inbox has them deleted and their permissions revoked. The Chrome app supports message and other notifications in real-time.

The interface is not a polished as some applications however this is tool – and a very powerful one. In the age of constant monitoring and interception, if you have something of value to share with another and really don’t want it intercepted, Peerio comes highly recommended. It is free for non-commercial use and paid upgrades are planned for the near future, mostly aimed at commercial users.


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